Category: Drinking Water

The Benefits of Drinking Plain Water

The Benefits of Drinking Plain Water

tap waterWater, water, every where, nor any drop to drink.” Unlike Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, who was surrounded by undrinkable salt water, most Americans have an unlimited supply of clean water to quench our thirsts.

Yet many of us turn a blind eye to it and instead reach for other beverages throughout the day, like sodas, juices, coffee, and tea, despite warnings from health experts over recent years about the added calories in sweetened beverages and the health benefits of plain water.

Now a recent study in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics provides even more evidence that we should choose water over other drinks if we want to control our weight. For the study, researchers from the University of Illinois looked at data on the eating (and drinking) habits of 18,311 adults as recorded in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2012.

Survey participants were asked to recall their dietary intake over two separate days. They reported their consumption of plain water (which included tap water, water from fountains and water coolers, and bottled water) as well as their consumption of other beverages like soda, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened bottled waters. Participants were also questioned about their intake of “energy-dense, nutrient-poor” foods, like cookies, ice cream, chips, and pastries.

On average, participants drank 4.2 cups of plain water a day and took in 2,157 calories. About 125 of those calories came from sweetened beverages, and about 432 calories came from energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods.

The researchers found that the participants who drank the most plain water in their daily diet consumed fewer total calories, drank fewer sweetened beverages, and took in less total fat, saturated fat, sugar, salt, and cholesterol. In fact, they discovered that increasing plain water consumption by one to three cups a day could decrease calorie intake by 68 to 205 calories a day. That could add up to a lot fewer calories over time — and result in significant weight loss.

These results support prior research on this topic, which has shown that drinking water before meals and that substituting water for sweetened beverages can cut down on calorie intake and improve weight control. That means people interested in losing weight and improving their overall health could benefit from incorporating more plain water into their daily diet.

So next time you’re thirsty, instead of ignoring your kitchen sink at home or the bubbler at work, take a moment to savor the one drink that’s free, refreshing, and actually good for us: plain old water.

Coconut Water Lemonade

Coconut Water Lemonade

In the past few years, I’ve been so happy to see that coconut water has become a mainstream drink in the United States. Everything tastes so much better with coconut water, including this lemonade, an all-American favorite. Trust me on this, once you try my coconut water lemonade, you will never, EVER go back to regular lemonade.

You can get canned coconut water easily from any store now. I used some fresh and homegrown lemons and calamansi limes (or calamondin), given to me by my friend, and mixed it with the coconut water. All you need is a little bit of sugar and ice, and you will have the most amazing lemonade; everyone will be begging you for more!

Coconut Water Lemonade – amazing and refreshing lemonade made with coconut water and fresh lemon juice. The best lemonade recipe ever!

Total Time: 10 Minutes

4 cups canned coconut water
5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 calamansi lime, extract the juice, optional
3 tablespoons sugar or agave nectar
2 lemons, sliced
2 cups ice
Mint leaves, for garnishing

In a pitcher, combine the coconut water, lemon juice, calamansi lime juice and sugar together. Stir to mix well. Add the sliced lemons and ice into the pitcher. Pour the lemonade into glasses and garnish with mint leaves.

Slice the lemon into pieces, set aside.

I used Kimbo Young Coconut Juice with pulp and strained out the pulp.

You may skip the calamansi lime if you don’t have it. They are the fruits from the calamondin tree. They are available in Southeast Asian stores or Filipino food stores.

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coconut water lemonade

How to Soak Nuts and Make Cashew Milk or Cashew Cream

How to Soak Nuts and Make Cashew Milk or Cashew Cream

cashew milk vitamix recipe
Making home made nut milk or nut cream is delicious and it’s so much easier than you might think. Especially if you have a Vitamix blender. This recipe and how-to is focused on making cashew cream or cashew milk but the method is nearly identical for a variety of different nuts. I do believe in soaking my nuts in purified water before turning them into cream or milk. The timeline for nut soaking times is below.

Which Nuts are Best to turn into Milk?

I have made nut milks from almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and pistachios, but from what I understand the similar methodologies apply no matter which nut you decide to use. Macadamia nut milk in particular is amazing, so rich and full of incredible flavor, but it  has got to be the most expensive nut milk you can make. I only make it as a special treat during the holidays.

How & Why to Soak Nuts for Milking.

Most nuts, seeds, grains and beans are covered in natural chemicals – enzyme inhibitors and toxins – that protect them while growing. These nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances are enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens. Once harvested, those same chemicals, the major one being phytic acid – are indigestible to the human body and must be broken down before consumption. When food containing phytic acid is consumed, the acid combines with important minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and blocks their absorption which inhibits our digestive systems’ ability to break the nut down properly.

The very simple process of soaking releases these chemicals, helping you to absorb your food’s essential minerals and nutrients.

Soaking nuts in filtered water makes them easier to digest and improves their flavor.

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makes 1 quart
* I find that 1 cup of nuts is more than enough for 1 quart of milk, some people prefer 2 cups.

1) Soak your raw cashews and vanilla bean in filtered water for at least 2 hours.

2) Discard soaking water and rinse your cashews and the vanilla bean.

3) Place soaked cashews, honey (or other sweetener), vanilla bean, a dash of sea salt and 4 cups of water in a blender. Cover and blend on high for 1-2 minutes. It will be milky and have a bit of foam on the top.

4) If you’re using a Vitamix blender it will blend the cashews smooth. If you’re not using a Vitamix then strain milk through a nut bag, doubled up cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer.

NOTES:

Some people prefer not to strain their cashew milk, since it technically doesn’t have to be, (think about all those glorious creamy cashew cream sauces). Even though it has far less pulp than other nuts.

These same instructions work for any nut you may choose to use. Though, generally almonds & cashews are my favorites.

Store in a covered glass jar, bottle or pitcher in the refrigerator, it’ll be good for about 4-5 days.

Separation is totally natural with homemade nut milks, just be sure to shake it up just before serving.

 

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Here’s EXACTLY What Your Drinking Water Is Doing To Your Body (Stop Drinking THIS)

Here’s EXACTLY What Your Drinking Water Is Doing To Your Body (Stop Drinking THIS)

Brita and Pur Filter Users Are Outraged
Most people who use a Brita or Pur Filter think their water is safe to drink.

The reality is it’s not.

All the Brita does is “reduce” Chlorine. The Pur helps reduce a few more chemicals. But their main purpose isn’t to eliminate toxins and chemicals. They’re just meant to make your water smell and taste better.

Yet few people realize how much nasty and dangerous stuff is in their water.

In fact the EPA openly admits there are toxic chemicals dribbling out of your tap. And those filters don’t remove them from your water. Things like bacteria, Chromium 6, Arsenic, prescription drugs, xenoestrogens, and perhaps worst of all…Fluoride.

Fluoride was originally put into our water to help fight against tooth decay.

Yet Dr. John Colquhoun, the dentist who first brought Fluoride to American drinking water, has now claimed it does not help prevent tooth decay. In fact, he now believes it’s toxic to the human body and should be removed from our water supply completely.

A study from Tucson, Arizona which followed 26,000 school children, revealed that the more fluoride a child drank, the more cavities appeared in their teeth.

And that’s not the worst part. Clinical studies have found that fluoride can actually weaken your bones and increase hip fractures.

Harvard research shows that high fluoride levels can lower IQ…
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Unfortunately drinking bottled water doesn’t solve the problem either.

Did you know that up to 40% of bottled water is just tap water? That’s right. Many bottled water companies simply bottle up your tap water and sell it back to you for massive profits.

Business Insider did research that showed the average price for bottled water purchases is $7.50 a gallon. That’s double or triple the price of gasoline depending on where you live!

And it’s about $1.22 a gallon if you buy it in bulk.

If you drink the water from your refrigerator that won’t solve the problem either. The water from your fridge is actually the same exact water that comes out of your sink! Even if your fridge has a filter it’s no better than the Brita or Pur.

The reality is you need to take action into your own hands and filter your water to guarantee your not contaminating your body with cancer causing toxins.

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Tips for Dealing with Bad Breath

Tips for Dealing with Bad Breath

If you notice people recoiling away from you when you talk to them, you may have bad breath. One of the more common causes of breath odor is the bacteria in your mouth and specifically on the back of your tongue. If you are not sure if your breath is bad, ask someone close to you how your breath is. It’s hard to know how your breath smells, so you should ask a friend to give it a test for you. If they tell you it’s nasty, ask if this is a chronic thing or just an occasional thing.

If it is not chronic

Bad breath may be the result of food that you ate, the fact that you smoke or that you drank some alcohol. If this is not a constant problem, consider using some mouthwash, brushing your teeth, drinking a glass of water and chewing some gum.

If the problem is chronic

It is good oral hygiene to brush your teeth twice per day, floss regularly and brush or scrape your tongue in the morning and at night. Keep up with regular dental cleanings and drink a lot of water because your mouth will be a lot less smelly if it is moist. Saliva helps to wash away food debris that bacteria feed on, causing bad breath.

What can you do?

Brush your teeth and floss more often. The removal of plaque helps to remove bacteria that causes bad breath. Floss at least one time daily and brush up to three times per day. Take your time when you are brushing your teeth so that you do not damage your gums or wear the enamel down which can expose them to decay.

Rinse your mouth with mouthwash, choosing one that kills germs that cause bad breath. Rinse every day to stop bad breath at the source. Swish plain water around in your mouth after eating to help remove food particles that are stuck in the teeth.

You can scrape your tongue or gently brush your tongue with a toothbrush. If your toothbrush is too large to reach to the back of your tongue, then you need to use a scraper. Scraping your tongue remove dead cells, food debris and bacteria from your tongue.

Don’t eat foods that cause bad breath. Avoid eating onions and garlic. The foods that you eat that can cause bad smells to move to your blood stream and into your lungs where they are breathed out.

What are your favorites?

Drinking coffee or drinking alcohol can dry out your mouth while eating fatty foods or dairy can change the acidity in your mouth which can encourage an overgrowth of smelly bacteria. Some medications can be a cause of bad breath and those including diuretics, antihistamines, high blood pressure medications, antidepressants and pain relievers. These drugs can affect the flow of saliva, causing dry mouth that leads to smelly breath.

What if nothing that you do is working?

You may need to visit your dentist to make a determination of where the bad breath is originating. You may have fractured teeth or fillings where food can become trapped, and that can lead to gum disease and cavities. Bad breath may be a symptom of acid reflux, kidney failure, diabetes or a respiratory infection. Make sure that you regularly see your dentist for care, check-ups and cleanings. Good oral health is an important part of fresh breath, and if you are not caring for your teeth and gums, you can run into many problems. A dentist should be cleaning your teeth should be done once every six months. A check-up at the time of cleaning will show any decay or other issues that need to be addressed.

Avoid exposure to aluminum, fluoride, and glyphosate

Avoid exposure to aluminum, fluoride, and glyphosate

The following list offers a number of suggestions for items to avoid, to reduce your exposure to aluminum, fluoride, glyphosate, and other brain-harming components:

  1. Processed foods and sodas. This will help you avoid both GE ingredients (which tend to be contaminated with glyphosate) and aluminum. In addition, replacing processed foods with whole organic foods will drastically reduce your sugar/fructose intake, which will help normalize your insulin and leptin sensitivity. This is in fact one of the best strategies for protecting and preserving your brain function and overall health. Fructose and gluten are other dietary factors that promote Alzheimer’s, and are best avoided as much as possible.
  2. Mechanically deboned chicken, which tends to be high in fluoride as a result of the processing.
  3. Dental amalgams. Dental amalgam fillings, which are 50 percent mercury by weight, are one of the major sources of heavy metal toxicity. However, you should be healthy prior to having them removed. Once you have adjusted to following the diet described in my optimized nutrition plan, you can follow the mercury detox protocol and then find a biological dentist to have your amalgams removed.
  4. Cosmetics and personal care products containing aluminum, such as antiperspirants (including salt crystals, made of alum), lotions, sunscreens, and shampoos.
  5. Vaccines containing either mercury (thimerosal) and/or aluminum.
  6. Aluminum-containing drugs, such as antacids, analgesics, anti-diarrheals, and others
  7. Anticholinergics and statin drugs. Drugs that block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter, have been shown to increase your risk of dementia. These drugs include certain nighttime pain relievers, antihistamines, sleep aids, certain antidepressants, medications to control incontinence, and certain narcotic pain relievers.
  8. Statin drugs are particularly problematic because they suppress the synthesis of cholesterol, deplete your brain of coenzyme Q10 and neurotransmitter precursors, and prevent adequate delivery of essential fatty acids and fat-soluble antioxidants to your brain by inhibiting the production of the indispensable carrier biomolecule known as low-density lipoprotein.
  9. Fluorinated medications, including Cipro.
  10. Fluoridated water – Perfect Water Purifier
  11. Fluoridated toothpaste and fluoride gel treatments.
  12. Non-stick cookware will outgas fluoride, but also avoid other aluminum-containing products, such as cans, foil, juice pouches, tins, and water bottles.
Three chemicals in our daily diet which are poisoning our brain!

Three chemicals in our daily diet which are poisoning our brain!

Aluminum is a known neurotoxin, and according to Professor Christopher Exley of Keele University, aluminum-containing products are likely fueling the rise in Alzheimer’s disease. In an article published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, he writes:

“We are all accumulating a known neurotoxin in our brain from our conception to our death. The presence of aluminium in the human brain should be a red flag alerting us all to the potential dangers of the aluminium age.

How do we know that Alzheimer’s disease is not the manifestation of chronic aluminium toxicity in humans?”

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People with aluminum toxicity display many of the same symptoms as those with dementia, Parkinson’s, ADHD, autism, and other neurological diseases, and mounting evidence suggests aluminum may play a significant role in the development of those (and other) diseases.

Other environmental toxins to beware of include fluoride and glyphosate. All of these are toxic in their own right, but research suggests they may be even more hazardous when combined.

“In recent years, interest in the potential role of metals in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has grown considerably.

In particular, aluminum (Al) neurotoxicity was suggested after its discovery in the senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles that represent the principal neuropathological hallmarks of AD.

Al is omnipresent in everyday life and can enter the human body from several sources, most notably from drinking water and food consumption… [O]ther elements present in drinking water, such as fluoride, copper, zinc, or iron could also have an effect on cognitive impairment or modify any Al neurotoxicity.”

Indeed, dozens of studies have shown that fluoride causes brain damage and lowers IQ. Fluoride emitted by aluminum plants has also been implicated in animal disease.

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been instrumental in educating people about the hazards of glyphosate. In the video below, she explains how aluminum and glyphosate act together as synergistic poisons that promote autism. Based on the current trend, Dr. Seneff predicts that by 2025, half of all children born will be diagnosed with autism. Clearly, we must identify leading environmental factors contributing to this frightening trend. Lack of vitamin D caused by inadequate sun exposure is one factor. Nutritional deficiencies caused by poor diet are another.

Environmental toxins must not be overlooked however, and some toxins—glyphosate and aluminum included—are far more hazardous and ubiquitous than others, and are therefore likely to contribute to a greater degree. As Dr. Seneff explains, glyphosate’s mechanism of harm renders it particularly problematic. Indeed, according to Dr. Seneff, glyphosate is possibly “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies.”

It seems quite clear that aluminum exposure plays a role in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Other neurotoxins such as fluoride and glyphosate add to the toxic burden. The best way to protect yourself is to be careful about your choices in food, water and personal products, and minimize your use of vaccines and other drugs that are often contaminated with aluminum. Optimizing your dietary sulfur is also essential, as your body needs sulfur to manufacture its number one weapon against aluminum overload: glutathione.

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Remove these three poisons… aluminum, fluoride, and glyphosate from the water we drink.

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